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If My Life Were a Language, It Would Be One Without Auxiliary verbs

The word auxiliary comes from the Latin auxilium ‘to help.’ An auxiliary verb is just that: something that influences tense, mood, and voice of other verbs. 1,025 more words


"To Be" or Not "To Be": Help For Distressed Writers

Every day, know-it-all writers patrol online critique groups in a quest to rid manuscripts of “to-be” verbs. One anonymous reviewer suggested that a writer remove all instances of the word “was” from her manuscript. 555 more words

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Basic English Grammar #2 - More about Verbs

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

William Shakespeare

You may think that we’re done with verbs. *laughs* Nope, not yet.

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Shall vs Should

Should, in form, is the past tense of shall;however, this does not imply that should cannot be used in present instances. To express an opinion at any instance of time, we use… 404 more words

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Shall vs Will

Shall and will are modal auxiliary verbs* used to indicate a future action. These days, they are used more or less interchangeably, and it is accepted. 269 more words

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Gender Differences in the Developmental Trajectory of Acquiring Auxiliary Verbs

What is the development trajectory in young children acquiring auxiliary verbs- specifically the different forms of “be”? Is there a difference in acquisition based on gender? 15 more words